Jameson Williams: I’m not a gambler; I’m a football player

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Jameson Williams learned of his six-game suspension for violating the league’s gambling policy a day before the league announced it.

The Lions receiver met with reporters for the first time since and said he has no recollection of when the violation occurred.

“It hit me out the blue,” Williams said Thursday, via video from Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “It hit a couple of other players around the league, on my team, out of the blue. I wasn’t aware of this situation. After it happened, I took it on the chin. I was ready to move forward as things moved on and I got the consequences. That’s been my plan, moving forward from things and just looking for better days.”

Williams said he did not appeal since he broke an NFL policy and vows to “make the right decisions” moving forward.

“I’m just looking forward to coming back Week 7, getting back with my team out there, playing a game,” Williams said, via video from Brad Galli of WXYZ.

The NFL suspended Williams for betting on non-NFL events from an NFL facility. Players are allowed to bet on non-NFL sports but not at a team facility.

“I’m not a gambler. I’m a football player,” Williams said.

39 responses to “Jameson Williams: I’m not a gambler; I’m a football player

  1. Whoa, running your mouth about it only makes it worse! This team is devoid of any kind of leadership!

  2. Stop revealing our massive locker room problem! We look dysfunctional enough already!

  3. Man, I really thought the Lions were going to be good this season. Everyday that becomes more and more difficult to believe. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

    Lions always seem to screw things up, no let up!

  4. He appears to be both. Hopefully he’ll learn from it. If he isn’t a gambler it won’t happen again.

  5. Actions should be speak louder than anyone’s words. The sooner people subscribe to this old maxim the better off we will be.

  6. Ahhhhhhhh, I do believe you were suspended for gambling, so, yes, you are a gambler….& not a very smart one at that!!!
    But hey, tell yourself whatever you need to, to get buy that is…. Sigh

  7. This PFT Member suggests that all NFL players learn very quickly to know when to hold them. Know when to fold them. Know when to walk away. And know when to run.

  8. Let me just sum up all of these comments: Jameson, you got to know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away; And know when to run a dig route.

  9. So he was gambling at the team facility so often that he has no idea when the violation occurred? Not a good luck for him or the head coach. This team seems destined to fall on its face this season.

  10. It’s absolutely believable he didn’t realize he did that at team facilities. I’ve made plenty of little bets not thinking about where I was. He didn’t appeal it so it seems he’s taking responsibility. He’s probably better off shutting up about it though

  11. When Jameson comes back week 7, he will have missed a total of 17 games (an entire NFL season) in less than 2 years as a pro. Who would’ve bet on that?!?

  12. How can you not remember gambling? If you’re not a gambler, you’d remember clearly the one time you did. If you ARE a gambler, I can see forgetting a single wager.

  13. Take the punishment. Keep your mouth shut. Get ready for HALF of a season (don’t pretend like you don’t have a suspension)….and no playoffs for the 68th year.

  14. The Lions will never be good because they can’t control their people off the field as well as they can on

  15. The Lions need to get this troubled young man the help he so desperately needs.

  16. The Lions will not miss his production, 1 catch, 40yds, 1 TD on 9 targets.

  17. How about betting while in your vehicle in the facility parking lot ??

  18. He did absolutely nothing wrong, and he accepted responsibility for the unjust punishment. Inequitable rules are made to be broken.

  19. getem says:
    May 25, 2023 at 4:39 pm
    How can you not remember gambling? If you’re not a gambler, you’d remember clearly the one time you did. If you ARE a gambler, I can see forgetting a single wager.

    People who place occasional wagers are not gamblers. If you go to the track a few times a year and bet on a few races you are not a gambler. Rather, you are engaged in entertainment. A gambler is someone who wagers professionally on a daily basis.

  20. getem says:
    May 25, 2023 at 4:39 pm
    How can you not remember gambling? If you’re not a gambler, you’d remember clearly the one time you did. If you ARE a gambler, I can see forgetting a single wager.

    You clearly do not understand that a player can be suspended for placing a single wager. Placing one bet does not make someone a gambler. If you fix your leaky faucet it does not mean that you are a plumber. If you mow your lawn it does not mean that you are a landscaper.

  21. Michael Jordannever would’ve made it as a professional athlete in this day and age.

  22. I cannot believe this 22 year old man made a mistake in his professional life. He should have known better.

    When I was his age, I was a flawless human being and only made sensible and logical decisions.

  23. I just DARE the person who keeps posting a copy and pasted comment listing Gibbs as injured to watch some highlights of him at OTAs. Looks pretty healthy/shifty! Sorry to your Bears who you’ll never admit to rooting for

  24. He made a mistake owned it and is moving forward. That’s a class act don’t sweat it Jamo you’ll light it up in the playoffs!

  25. The NFL needs to quit the double standard and change the rule of non-NFL bets being placed at a team facility. On the NFLPA’s website it lists FanDuel, DraftKings, and Caesar’s Entertainment as sponsors. Honest question, how is placing a bet on a college football game immoral or unethical?

    I admire how he addressed the situation (tough to keep your mouth shut when it’s all the media wants to talk to you about) and is ready to move on. Lions are still primed for a historic season. In the words of a QB that the Lions picked off 4 times last season and went 2-0 against, R-E-L-A-X!


    It’s awesome how scared the rest of the league is.

    1 – He didn’t know the rule, and it’s a silly rule, but it’s a rule.
    2 – He said the right things here. First and foremost, he’s a football player. And I trust he wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that again.

    I’m not sure why everyone wants to crucify a guy who hasn’t even really gotten his chance yet. Full offseason, 6 more weeks to train and get his legs back… Pretty soft schedule after the first 2 weeks. It’ll be OK.

  27. Don’t you love how these dudes always want to look forward, get past whatever wrongdoing they’ve done? They never want to face the consequences, face the punishment, they just want to wave their hand and forget it. “I’m moving on.”. “I’m looking forward.”. How about no?

  28. I love how you paint these pictures of delusion from your bent helmet. No one is scared of the Lions, these opinions are very true and you clearly can’t handle it.

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